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PERFORMANCE PLEASES HUGHTON

26 August 2012

City Manager happy with display in QPR draw

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton was pleased to see his side put on a good display in front of the home fans at Carrow Road during the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

In his first league game in charge at home, the Manager saw his side create numerous openings against a star-studded Rangers side, and could easily have come away with all three points.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “I enjoyed what I saw. I saw a team that was committed, as they always are, but sometimes things go against you and as a result you don't see the performances you want, hence last week. 

“But I certainly got the performance I wanted, and probably the only real disappointment for me is that it's a game we should have won. We had the better chances.

“From our point of view, the result is the most important, but it was also vital to put on a performance.

“The fans saw a committed team. They saw a team that didn't sit back and went to win. If we have more days like that then we'll certainly get wins.”

Hughton handed debuts to new signings Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido for the match, as well as handing a start to the impressive Leon Barnett - three changes from the defence that started against Fulham on the opening weekend.

“I thought the defence did very well today,” said Hughton. “I didn't change it just because of last week, but because we signed Sebasiten and Javier. 

“We felt that they [QPR] would go 4-4-2 after last week, and whichever three they played up front, we knew they could hurt us in behind, and with Leon and Sebastien, we had perhaps a little bit more pace off the mark, so that was my decision.

“Ryan Bennett gives cover at right-back as well as centre-back, so that's the only reason I picked him in front of Michael Turner on the bench. We've got good competition for places in that position now.”

Another bright spot from Saturday’s match was the warm welcome from the home supporters for new signing Alexander Tettey, who joined from French side Rennes on Friday, but is still awaiting international clearance.

Hughton added: “Alex has got high energy, and he complements what we've got. He's perhaps a little bit more defensive than what we have with Bradley Johnson. 

“Bradley can play that defensive role, and he has energy to push on with his passing abilities. Alex is a real good high energy addition for us in central midfield.”

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